Arya Youth League
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The Arya Youth League currently aims to involve itself in the self-development of its youth members at a higher level, and engage in social projects to benefit the local community. The organization has agreed that this can only be achieved if there is internal co-operation and stability. We believe the first step in this stability is consistent communication through mediums such as email and Facebook.
In September 2014, a social Garba/Movie evening was held at the Yuvak Arya Samaj in Clairwood, Durban. This enabled AYL members to bond over an evening of knowledge and discussion surrounding the significance of Navrathri in an Arya Samaj context. Furthermore, members were treated to popcorn and refreshments for the more social part of the event – the screening of the Bollywood film “Oh My God!” This movie in itself raised some interesting issues, which were briefly discussed amongst the youth.
Later on in December 2014, the AYL decided to revive previously-held “youth camps” by introducing its first AYL Summer Youth Day. This event attempted to steer away from conventional academic-style talks, and rather encouraged open discussions facilitated by invited speakers. This enabled young minds to be more stimulated and for attendees to build more confidence through active participation. While the turnout was small, the intimate group found themselves engaging immensely. The program consisted of 3 workshops:
Workshop 1 was facilitated by Dr. Rambilass and Mr. Sanjay Pattundeen, and tackled the topic of “The Need For Religion”.
Workshop 2 facilitated by Prosecutor Roshiela Benimadho and Pundit Uma Manogran respectively, gave in-depth insights into the meaning of leadership today.
Finally, Workshop 3 focused on social development issues, where spokeswomen from the Anti-Drug Forum educated members on the serious problem of substance abuse in South Africa, while Dr. Nirmala Gopal – a senior UKZN lecturer in criminology and forensics – asserted other local issues at hand.
An element of team-building included a self-study session using basic Vedic tracts on concepts such as creation, death and nature, which then turned into a fun treasure hunt activity requiring teams to use this knowledge.
Earlier in the 2015 year, the organization initiated the concept of an AYL Social Parivaar Shaam (SPS), which kicked off in January, and was well-attended and supported by Arya Samaj families. The aim of these evenings is to provide a safe platform for an entire family outing, where interaction between families and between youths is encouraged. A brief religious discourse is given, followed by supper and social activities including board games, karaoke and mini-soccer tournaments.
As the youth of today, it is important to integrate the diverse cultures and traditions of our society into everything we do. All AYL activities and projects are open to the public who wish to know more about our role in developing youths in three fundamental aspects – religion; leadership, and the community. The next AYL Youth Day (the winter version), will take place during the June/July holidays of 2015. For more information, please visit our Facebook page – “Arya Youth League SA” or contact the following people:
Shrihara Pattundeen – Chairperson of the AYL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Akshay Singh – Vice-Chairperson of the AYL: email@example.com